I’ve long thought that people will tell you exactly who they are by how they see the world, that a person who accuses many people of being a thief, is himself a thief. That conspirators sees conspiracies behind every door, that racist view the world as racist, that cold hearted murders believe most people kill. It’s human nature to do so as people justify their evils as normal behavior thus preserving their own ‘goodness’ and normalcy.
I’ve been observing something that’s happening on the side and growing. Something that seems to be common knowledge but somehow remains an unspoken secret, that to criticize Barack Obama means one is a racist. Case in point Geraldine Ferraro’s forced resignation for words that were taken out of context. I have to sort of contain my laughter on this, since Geraldine helped enable this behavior, and now it’s come back and bit her.
I understood what Geraldine Ferraro was saying, not that the only reason Barack Obama had as much support is because he’s black, but that people are supporting him in part because they want a black man to be the President. Think about this, why would anybody vote for a guy who won’t put his hand over his heart during the pledge of allegiance, or wear a lapel of an American flag on his blazer, or instead of having an American flag in his office, he’s got Cuban flags with Che Guevara’s face on it, or that his minister of twenty years is a hateful bigot and racist, or that he’s got Louis Farakhan’s endorsement, or that much of his money is coming from overseas? They aren’t so much inspired by Obama the man, but rather the idea of being a part of a historical movement, but at the same time couldn’t the same be said about Hillary Clinton, that the only reason she’s doing well is because she’s a woman, or that she’s really riding the coat tails of her husband?
Yet why is it that we can criticize Hillary in such a way and not be considered sexist, but to say that about Barack, Ferraro resigns from Clinton’s campaign staff? John McCain has already begun to tip toe around criticizing Barack Obama, refusing, even lashing out at conservatives for using Barack Hussien Obama’s actual middle name. Imagine that, we’re not even allowed to say his middle birth name. I guess having a middle name and a last name that sounds Muslim isn’t politically expedient, so instead of him changing his name, the rest of us have to change our ways and ignore it.
Something rubs me the wrong way about Barack Obama and I think most of America is going to end up agreeing with me on this issue. You see, we’ve have a great tradition in this country, one that precedes the United States Constitution and that is this, we love to criticize our leaders. We’ve criticized King George, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, as we have Ronald Reagan, George Bush I, Bill Clinton, Bush sequel, and everybody in between. We’ve even assassinated Presidents, Kennedy and Lincoln come to mind. We’ve said awful things about our Presidents, we’ve accused them of being drunks, of being coke addicts, infidelity, and that’s us on our better days. It is our tradition because deep down each us know as long as we have the right to criticize our leaders, we have some freedom left.
There are events that are happening that is inadvertently going to cause some blowback against Obama’s candidacy.
It hasn’t been completely extreme with Barack Obama, but the criticism of Barack Obama has in large part been silent because white people too often choose to stay quiet rather than take the risk of being called a racist. The dirty secret is white people are too often fearful of giving advice to minorities because their solutions are too often unjustly tagged as being racist, thus they must be racist, and all solutions to the minority community’s problems are relegated and exclusive to the minority leaders, many of which are more vested in keeping minorities oppressed and down trodden rather than helping them left their selves up.
Racism is a term that is no longer used to achieve equality, but rather to excuse bad behavior. What we, as a nation, are forgetting is that color of skin can not and does not excuse bad behavior. Imagine six white kids beating up one black kid? Is it justified that the six white kids be punished? Yet when six black kids beat up one white kid in Jena, La there was rallies and calls to free the six kids. Should they have been charged with attempted murder? I don’t know, probably not, I wasn’t there so I really don’t know. But to demand that they be set free? They still did wrong to another human being. They should not be celebrated, they were cowards who couldn’t fight their own individual fights without some help. We had a term to describe guys like that and that word usually preceded cat.
But I digress, whenever the story was told it would start of with “First there was a noose…” but nobody ever said that the noose was even related to the six kids attacking Justin Barker, and then there was the gun point incident, which again wasn’t tied to Justin Barker, yet he somehow deserved to get beat up? According to the attorney who is now representing Mychal Bell in the civil suit filed by the Barker family it is. Apparently, now we find out that Justin Barker pulled a gun out on Mychal Bell earlier that same day they jumped Justin, but one glaring problem with this, why is this new information? When Mychal Bell was on trial for attempted murder, we never once heard the story about Justin pulling a gun out on Bell. That’s a pretty important piece of information don’t you think? It’s a pretty steep omission considering that makes a huge difference from attempted murder and a man’s Right to self defense, don’t you think?
So why wasn’t this extremely important accusation brought to light when Mychal Bell could actually have his life wasting away in prison, but when it’s only money it’s a major issue? I can only come up with two conclusions why Mychal Bell didn’t talk about this before, and that’s either he wanted to go to jail to be a thug, or he’s lying about it now. Either way, this severely undermines his credibility. Do you think white people aren’t noticing this as well?
The Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, is hiding behind racism, saying that he’s been called the N-word more times in the past couple of weeks than he has in his entire lifetime, and that his and his family’s life is more important than some Nielsen ratings, whatever that was supposed to mean. But racism in Detroit? Against a black mayor? Isn’t Detroit something like 81% black? Isn’t it a black city council that is the source of his criticism? Yet somehow it’s not his behavior at the root of his problems, it’s racism. Racism is a term not to describe discrimination, but rather to allow color of skin to excuse bad behavior.
And let’s not forget Mayor Nagin’s chocolate city comments or that William Jefferson is embroiled in his own scandal, or Georgia’s Cynthia McKinney thinking she had the right to punch a cop. I’m not saying that there aren’t good legislators out there that are black, there are, there are several. Baton Rouge’s mayor Kip Holden for the most part has done a good job; ask people around here and he’s well loved, for the most part. But this isn’t what people are seeing and too many black leaders are undermining Barack Obama’s chances of becoming President.
Turning on white Democrats like Bill Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro because they oppose Barack Obama sends a message out to white people, which still makes up 70% of the population, that Barack Obama will be protected from any criticism by the term ‘racist’ and the more white people think about that, the more they are going to look at the bad side of leadership in the black community and ask their self, are they really that confident that Barack Obama won’t treat America like Kwame Kilpatrick treats Detroit?
Ultimately white people, 70% of the American population, won’t vote for Barack Obama, not because they are racist, they aren’t. They won’t vote for the guy out of resistance of political intimidation, to hold onto a great American tradition of being able to criticize our President, something that hasn’t really been allowed with Obama’s candidacy.